The Reasons Why 68% of Americans Think Their Mom is ‘The Cool Mom’

Nearly seven in 10 Americans identify their mom as “the cool mom,” according to a new poll.

The survey of 2,000 American adults identified the attributes they think set their mother apart from the parenting pack.

So what makes a mom a “cool” mom?

Among the 68% of respondents who agreed that their mom was a “cool mom,” 62% said it was because she talked with her kids openly about anything and everything.

Relaxing the rules a bit may be another key, as over half said their mom’s coolness stemmed from the fact that she let them get away with things a “normal” mom wouldn’t when they were growing up. (See all the top reasons at the bottom.)

Being an epic gift-giver, or having great style, seemed to be a component as well, with 52% saying that her tendency to spoil both her loved ones and herself was what made their mom a cut above the rest.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of in celebration of Mother’s Day, the survey also probed the most important lessons Americans have learned from their moms over the years.

The answers from respondents ranged from how to “be responsible” and “live in the moment” to “how to be a super parent.”

“Don’t judge others, even if you think you have the whole story,” said one respondent.

“It’s not a crime to pamper yourself when life gets too stressful,” added another. One learned to “respect yourself and others will respect you.”

Nearly seven in 10 respondents (68%) report that they learned how to juggle responsibilities from watching their moms “do it all” over the years.

In fact, over 60% saying that their mom has been juggling more in the past year than she ever has before.

So it’s perhaps unsurprising that three-quarters of respondents think that, after a long and taxing year, their mom deserves to be fully spoiled this holiday.

“Every mother’s relationship with their child or children is different,” said Ankur Daga, Founder and CEO of “It’s worth keeping your unique relationship with your mom in mind when planning how to make her feel special this Mother’s Day.”

“But spending a lot (of money) is less important than finding a gift that’s truly ‘her’.”

Top Reasons to Think Your Mom is the ‘Cool Mom’

  1. She talks openly with her kids about anything and everything 62%
  2. She spoils herself and her loved ones 52%
  3. She’s always on top of the latest trends 46%
  4. My mom let me get away with things a “normal” mom wouldn’t when I was growing up 52%
  5. My mom is a daredevil, and will try anything once 37%
  6. She is more of a friend than a mom 39%
  7. My mom knows how to party 23%
  8. My mom is my best friend 25%